Today’s thought from the RiverHouse

“The church and the whorehouse arrived in the Far West simultaneously. And each would have been horrified to think it was a different facet of the same thing. But surely they were both intended to accomplish the same thing: the singing, the devotion, the poetry of the churches took a man out of his bleakness for a time, and so did the brothels.”
John Steinbeck, East of Eden

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Christianists v. Christians – The War Continues

More damage has been done to Christianity by Christian “leaders” than any other source. Ever. Ever. Ever. And, when that damage is done, Christians have a responsibility to forgive the one that did the damage. It is a requirement placed on us by Christ Himself.

Forgiveness is not forgetfulness

We forgive the sin but we don’t forget it. Today we have someone that should need no introduction returning to remind us why that is true. The damage he did to the church (not just his little piece of it) was legendary.

Pastor Jim Bakker blames Obama’s Iran deal for California’s drought and the Second Coming of Christ.

kozl_bakker_150716a-800x430That is the Jim Bakker. Of, Jim and Tammy Faye fame. Sitting in the same position he was in before embezzling millions of dollars and sexing up the office help sent him to prison.

Saying the same things. With the same motivation?  l don’t know. And neither do you. But we both know that prudence requires us to look at anything this man (and others like him) says through the lens of our prior dealings with him.

And that is not an appealing thought

Eliot

Mark 10 Twisted by Westboro Baptist Lite

MARK 10 TwistedIn Mark 10, Jesus is asked a very specific question about a very specific situation which, as is His way, He answers very specifically.

He is asked if a Man can divorce his Wife. He then answers about a Man divorcing his Wife. The Man is the “male” and the Wife is the “female”. Indeed, God made them “male and female”.

Does that mean He didn’t make some homosexual and some heterosexual? Obviously not.

Is there any honest way one could come to the conclusion that Mark 10:6 supports the currently fashionable homophobia among the “Christian” Radical Right? Nope.

How do I know that?

Homosexuals exist.
God is the only being in the universe with creative power.
Therefore, God created homosexuals.

God is omniscient and infallible.
According to the Bible, God looked at his creation and declared it good.
Homosexuals are part of creation.
Therefore, homosexuals are good.

But what about Mark 10:6?

First, the use of a single verse from scripture is the historical means by which the “Christian” Radical Right twist God’s words to fit their prejudices and support their bigotry. Anytime you see a single verse singled out as justification and especially for something that is anti-Christ, BEWARE.

Can His answer in Mark 10:6 be honestly applied to have anything to do with LGBT issues? No.

Why?

If Jesus wholeheartedly believed that everyone on the planet should suddenly become homosexual immediately OR if Jesus wholeheartedly believed that every homosexual on the planet should be put to a horrifying death, his words in Mark 10:6 wouldn’t change one bit. They would read exactly the same AND have exactly the same meaning. Therefore, it can’t be honestly used to support OR deny anything related to a persons sexuality.

Mark 10:6 is the verse most often done violence by folks like Mr. Ham, twisted for their own purposes and used as a cudgel against others with the result being more and more people are pushed away from Christ.

Who benefits from that?

Please, I beg you, whether you are a Christian or not, ignore these people who have their own agenda. Mark 10 is no more about homosexuality than it is about emu ranching or shrimp farming or neuroscience or astronomy or euclidean geometry.

It is about divorce. Period.

Who are the people promoting this falsehood? Church leadership who have become more enamored with their position than Christ. Preachers who are afraid of losing their jobs. Priests who believe in church tradition more than Christ’s love. Membership that can’t be bothered to read the words of the God they profess to worship.

These are the same class of people that preached servitude and slavery as the natural condition for Blacks. These are the same class of people that preach (to this day) second class citizenship in God’s kingdom for women.

God is love. When peoples words or actions are not loving, they aren’t from God. They are, by definition, anti-Christ. QED.

Where are they from?

As I said above, every time they push an anti-Christ agenda (usually with the bromide that “they hate the sin but love the sinner”), they push folks away from Christ. There is someone with that mission.

And I’m sure he appreciates the help.

Eliot

Christianists are killing Christianity

Big Drop in Share of Americans Calling Themselves Christian – NYTimes.com.

Christians are reaping what the Christianists have sown.  However, if we aren’t willing to stand up for the actual teachings of Christ, we deserve it.

Allowing Christianists to co-opt our religion is the surest way destroy it. And the fastest way to make it a religion worthy of destruction.

If we won’t fight for it, how do we bring others to Christ? If Christianity is the religion that Christianists claim, it isn’t worth spreading and deserves to be wiped off the face of the Earth.

Now

The Great Commission calls for us to spread the Word. However, spreading the Word means combating the Christianist untruths while spreading the truth of Jesus.

Failing to fight Christianism is the most dangerous thing that Christians can do.

I won’t

Eliot